This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Dan McHale officially hired as final Richard Pitino assistant coach

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches Updated: April 26, 2013 - 10:33 AM

The University of Minnesota officially announced Dan McHale as the final piece of Richard Pitino's new staff on Friday. (The Star Tribune reported on Tuesday that he was set to be hired).

McHale, Kimani Young and Ben Johnson are Pitino's assistant coaches.

"I have known Dan for a long time and know that he will be a great addition to our staff," Pitino said in a release. "He fits what we alreaady have in place here with Kimani and Ben, which is a love and passion for the game of basketball. I am looking forward to working with this staff as we build a competitive Big Ten program."

McHale, a 2001 graduate of Kentucky -- where he was a student manager under Tubby Smith -- spent the previous three seasons as an assistant at Seton Hall, and has also worked as an assistant at Iona.

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